Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Aecht Schlenkerla FastenbierAecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier
BA SCORE
93.5%
Liked This Beer
4.25 w/ 367 ratings
Aecht Schlenkerla FastenbierAecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany
schlenkerla.de

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Original Schlenkerla Lentbeer is an unfiltered smokebeer, brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. Bottom-fermenting yeast gives the reddish brown lentbeer a natural cloudiness. Its smokey aroma is already noticeable in the smell, combined with a fine hoppy note. In the drink the fullbodied, highly drinkable lentbeer shows its strong malty flavour, rounded up with the smokey taste and a light bitterness. Due to the nourishing yeast, the Original Schlenkerla Lentbeer has the "Brotzeit already included" (German word for afternoon snack).

Added by Bierman9 on 03-25-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,036
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
367
Liked:
343
Avg:
4.25/5
pDev:
8%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
98
Gots:
23
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 367 |  Reviews: 152
Photo of Sammy
3.54/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bullfrog brewery, the guest tap. This smoked lager/helles had a yellow body,w hisp of white head, and some lace lines. Bit of smoke, light mouthfeel. Smoked flavour was decent. Minerally, balanced with a bit of malt for drinkability, hits the mark.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick 2 finger head with excellent retention on a clear deep amber body. Aroma is like a meat dominated breakfast with ham and bacon combined with mesquite and BBQ aromas. Flavor is mild which is good for the style with a very smooth toasted malt and mesquite flavor finishing smokey with BBQ notes. Medium body and lighter side of moderate carbonation. This is a very highly drinkable smoked beer with an excellent chocolate and caramel sweetness. Definitely the most drinkable rauchbeir and one of the best tasting of the style I have had. Very well balanced.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of spycow
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured out as a reddish looking brown color with a very thin white colored head on top. The head settles quickly and leaves no lacing... The smell of the beer is smoked, there is no doubt about it. The aroma of this beer though it not quite as smokey as some of the other brews from this brewery. The taste of thee beer was pretty good, mostly smokey malts with a light saltiness and a bit of toasted flavors in there too. The mouthfeel was a little watery I thought. Overall this brew was pretty good, I liked it as it was but can't say that I thought it was the best out of all of them.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a friend pick out my last beer of the night at Max's and was presented with this. Smells like a straight up campfire.. the smokiness in the aroma was as pungent as I've ever smelt in a beer. Was a bit worried about how the taste would be, but man was I blown away... it tastes like a campfire, but it's also delicious. Smoked meat and bacon flavors come through and it's flavorful and incredibly well balanced. Goes down smoothly with a great finish. By far one of the best smoked beers I've had and would order another one the next chance I get, worth seeking out for sure!

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is somewhat hazy dark amber in color (brown when viewed from afar) and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a inger high off white head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of iodine are present in the nose along with notes of smoked malts. The smell is somewhat reminiscent of Band-Aids.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has strong flavors of iodine along with notes of smoked malts. Little if any bitterness is present, but there are enough underlying hops to prevent any malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't nearly as smoky compared the original Schlenkerla and has a lot more iodine in the smell and taste. It's also quite drinkable considering the fuller body mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of biboergosum
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle - a bit late for Lent this year, but whatevs - more new stuff from this brewery is always an interesting prospect, at the very least.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick amber colour, with a near tower's worth of puffy, rocky, and chunky beige head, which leaves some broken webbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of smoked pork, wet campfire, obfuscated grainy caramel malt, a faint black orchard fruitiness, hard minerals, and subtle earthy, leafy, and grassy noble hop bitters. The taste is much more rounded - gritty and grainy caramel/toffee malt, a softer, not so aggressive smoked meat acridity, smooth hickory-like wood, some berry-forward fruity notes, faint dry cocoa, and a growing (as the smoke recedes) earthy, spicy, and resinous green grassy hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly laid-back in their very understated frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and actually smooth, with a heavy dose of cognitive dissonance necessarily riding shotgun. It finishes off-dry, the malt holding tough, while the meaty smoke starts a very measured wafting retreat.

I'm not sure I could tell the difference among Schlenkerla's various Rauchbiers, without a direct, sit-down comparison. This one has all of the hallmarks - a huge smoky, nose-twitching intro, followed by a sudden switch to the sweet side in the flavour, and then a mixed trailing off into the hazy sunset together. Overall, it's very, very good, and yeah, I'm drinking it as an afternoon snack, of a kind.

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Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Map Room...

PInt served in a curvy Schlenkerla glass, rings of webby lace, a hazy deep unfiltered brown-amber.

Mild smoke in the nose, even and not too heavy.

Taste is a mixture of the robust smoky malt, and a bock-like lager. Beefy but not over the top. Easy enough to session, i'm eating my words about the sessionable Brazilian Rauchbier that was reviewed yesterday. Earthy malt and a very mild hop define the middle and end of the brew, with the ever present smoke.

Balanced with a good level of carbonation, this is second only to the Helles for sessionability.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap: Poured a clear light maple color ale with a small foamy head with average retention. Aroma consists of smoked malt with light woody notes and floral undertones. Taste is dominated by easy drinking notes of smoked malt with light wood notes and floral undertones. Body is full with somewhat of a fat mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Great mix between complexity and drinkability.

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Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Clear mahogany brown with a lasting off-white cap. Smells like a ham sandwich: smoked meat, saltiness and dark crusty bread are all covered. There's a little bit of sweetness, too. Light on the tongue, less sweet than Schlenkerla's marzen or ur-bock, this is sort of like a session rauchbier. Unlike their helles, the meaty, woody smoke character doesn't hold any punches here; it's the dominant flavor, with a bready, toasted malt backbone rounding out the flavor. I really enjoyed this one on the whole, possibly my favorite from this brewery behind their excellent helles.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into pine glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours lightly cloudy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of huge wood smoke, caramel, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, light char, herbal, pepper, light pine, and herbal/smokey earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/smoked malt and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big wood smoke, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light char, herbal, pepper, light pine, and herbal/smokey earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of wood smoke, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light char, herbal, pepper, light pine, and herbal/smokey earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavor with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome hoppy Rauchbier style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico - Alexandria. Served in a stange.

Pours a moderate brown color with some copper highlights. Off-white head forms at a few fingers and lingers for a bit before falling into a thin cap. A bit of lacing. The nose carries a light amount of oak as well as what is reminiscent of oak. Light malt with a bit of toast. Smoke is not overwhelming. Smoke hits the palate really well in the flavor--not overpowering, but definitely the dominant character. Light woody and earthy characteristics and a bit of toasted malt. The mouthfeel is really nice--a bit of smoke as well as an almost-creamy texture. Really, really well done. One of the best smoked beers I've come across.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 1/13/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of smoked ham, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very smoky with a strong meaty flavor to it. There's a mild caramel sweetness in the background and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but exactly where it should be for this type of beer. As you continue do drink the beer the ham-like flavor fades but the smokiness remains. The after-taste is likewise smoky.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, the smokiness was a little too strong for me but it's a good beer overall.

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Photo of nickfl
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured with a small, one finger head of off-white foam that dissipates quickly and leaves moderate lace. The body is a hazy, dark amber color.

S - A subtle and smoky aroma that melds with the caramel of the malt. The smoke has a smooth hickory quality to it that reminds me of an old BBQ joint.

T - Lightly sweet caramel malt up front with some brown chicory flavors that are produced by the interaction of the bready caramel malt and the smoke. Some spicy notes of cinnamon and smoke come out in the middle and fade to a smooth finish of brown sugary malt, spicy hops, and creamy smoke. Lingering notes of pulled pork and smoldering wood.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Excellent smooth smoke character with a perfectly balanced malt profile. Obviously smoked beers tend to be something that most people either love or hate, but I have always thought that a few bad examples have given the whole style a bad name. This beer, even more than the rest of the Schlenkerla lineup proves that theory with its balanced and masterful use of smoke in the beer's flavor profile. It blends so well with the malt and turns a pretty standard lager into something truly extraordinary. Very drinkable, this is something that any open minded beer drinker could enjoy.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber with a small contrasting white head that lingers for a while, soon to become just a bit of froth.
Awesome smokey smell, my mind going straight to fresh smoked sausage, pastrami, wow, like getting into an Italian smokehouse. Rich, really salty, meaty-sweet, faint caramel and a light burnt wood note.
Everything on the nose shows up in the taste, and how! Rich meaty smokiness, pork sausages and pastrami, bacon, sweet-ish, sprinkled with burnt sugar, but also salty, and a great roasted edge. Creamy malts, with lots of smoked woody notes showing up. A rougher roast towards the finish, some spiciness and even a tiny bit of hop, if you really look for it.
Smokey, meaty aftertaste, a bit of roasted malt, a bit of burnt bread crust and some burnt sugar (still). Medium body, creamy, with a smooth carbonation.
Probably the most bacony rauchbier i ever had, deep, balanced (sweet-salty-slightly bitter), intense. I'm not even hungry anymore.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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Beer rating: 93.5% out of 100 with 367 ratings
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